The 12 most beautiful beaches in the world

Les 12 plus belles plages du monde

Are you a fan of swimming? Discover the 12 most beautiful beaches in the world, for a dip in crystal-clear waters in every corner of the globe!

When you hear the word « vacation », an image of a sandy beach fringed with coconut palms is sure to spring to mind. However, the world’s beaches abound in diversity, from deep ocean to secret coves. Black sand, white sand, pink sand or even pebbles: bask in the sun in environments each more astonishing than the last. Are you more the type to brave the waves armed with your surfboard? Or more the type to admire the beauty and silence of nature? We’ve got you covered too!

From France to South America, via the paradise islands of Oceania, follow our guide to the world’s 12 most beautiful beaches across five continents!

1. Long Beach, Tofino(Canada)

Long Beach, Canada

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With over 200,000 kilometers of coastline, Canada is the country with the longest coastline in the world. Long Beach, worthy of the greatest adventure films, is located in British Columbia, the country’s westernmost province. Bordered by the impenetrable jungle of Pacific Rim National Park, this 16 km-long beach remains little known to the general public. In fact, it’s one of the few beaches in the world where nature still rules. Here, you can observe eagles, sandpipers and sea lions in their natural habitat!

2. Sandcut Beach, Vancouver (Canada)

Sandcut Beach, Canada

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Canada is definitely full of breathtaking beaches. Sandcut Beach, also in British Columbia, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s a gravel beach where you won’t be able to lie in the warm sand. Its particularity lies elsewhere. Numerous small waterfalls from the surrounding forest plunge spiritedly into the Pacific. A place you’ll never forget!

3. Tamarin Bay(Mauritius)

Tamarin Bay, Île Maurice

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This berry takes its name from the fruit of the tamarind tree, which is sweet and widely used in chutneys in Mauritian cuisine. The adjoining village of the same name is far from the tourist hustle and bustle, and lives to the local rhythm. This picturesque bay is one of the world’s best-known beaches for surfing, stand-up paddling and even sailing.

What’s more, the turquoise seabed invites you to take a dip, even among the dolphins. At the end of the day, treat yourself to the luxury of watching one of the region’s most stunning sunsets while sipping your light coconut water in a suave atmosphere!

4. Pan de Azucar(Chile)

Pan de Azucar

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Do you find the idea of a cactus coupled with a white sand beach strange? That’s the kind of landscape you’ll find on the arid desert beaches of Pan de Azucar National Park. In the Atacama region, this natural park probably contains some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and in Chile too. Immerse yourself like a poet in your daydreams, watching the deep-blue Pacific stretching as far as the eye can see.

In this exceptional setting, you can also enjoy snorkelling and other water sports. Take a stroll along the park’s coastal zones, where you’ll encounter endemic fauna such as pelicans, sea otters and sea lions.

5. Glass Beach, Fort Bragg(United States)

Glass Beach

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This glass beach is unique: it’s the only beach in the world made of glass. A human creation, it was once the dumping ground for the nearby village. Today, erosion has done its work, resulting in a multicolored coastline that gives it its charm. There are several small beaches in the area, so be sure to ask around to find the real glass beach. Be careful, though: you’re not supposed to bring glass back in your pockets!

6. Reynisfjara beach(Iceland)

Reynisfjara

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This beach in the south of the island is well known to fans of the Game of Thrones series, as it was used as a film set!

It’s not here that you’ll enjoy a dip in the sun, but a magical climate emerges from this beach with its characteristic black sand. But there’s more to its beauty than just the sand. Column-shaped volcanic rocks rise geometrically on either side of the coast. They’re so distinctive that you’ll wonder how nature could be capable of putting on such a spectacle. Cast off for one of the world’s most stunning beaches!

7. Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island(Bahamas)

Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas

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Pink Sand, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, exudes a voluptuous atmosphere. Its pink sand is due to the presence in the water of tiny living organisms of the protozoan family. They have a pinkish-red carapace which, when broken, gives rise to these grains of sand. All this adds up to a heavenly atmosphere on this beach, world-famous for its beauty. Enjoy the clear, warm waters and the romanticism that emanates from this splendid landscape. A real postcard setting!

8. Cala Macarelleta, Minorca (Spain)

Cala Macarelleta

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A little-known island, Menorca is part of the Balearic archipelago off Spain’s east coast. It promotes environmentally-friendly tourism and is home to some of the world’s best-preserved beaches. The beach known as Cala Macarelleta is located in the southwest of the island. After a short walk, you’ll reach this shady cove bordered by cliffs. Once there, take in the scent of the pine trees and dive into the turquoise waters without further ado!

9. Calanque d’En-Vau, Marseille (France)

Calanque d'En-Vau

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In the Mediterranean, a calanque is a small cove surrounded by partially submerged rocks. The Calanque d’En-Vau is one of the most impressive and secluded in the whole of Marseille. Located in Marseille’s ninth arrondissement, it is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Surrounded by steep cliffs, a small pebble beach overlooks an azure-blue sea straight out of a dream. The Calanque d’En-Vau is one of the few beaches in the world still preserved from mass tourism. You can reach it by sea or by following a hiking trail that offers breathtaking views over the cove. A little paradise that has to be earned!

10. Playa del Amor, Marieta Islands(Mexico)

Playa del Amor, Mexique

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Playa del Amor is one of the world’s most original and beautiful beaches, attracting visitors from all over the world. To reach this heavenly beach, located off the west coast of Mexico, you’ll need to plan a little expedition. You’ll have to swim to it.

In fact, it’s an open-air artificial beach created by an explosion following a bomb test! Once you’ve arrived, you can enjoy snorkelling or lounging on the fine sand. Beware, however, of the tide, which rises quickly and can flood the crater.

11. Ngapali Beach(Burma)

Plage à Ngapali

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This stretch of white sand in the south-west of the country is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Enjoy tasty fresh fruit cocktails lovingly prepared in the typical wooden huts that adorn the beach. With your feet in the clear, limpid water, enjoy the seafront and its coconut palms, whose beauty could come straight out of a mirage. At the far end, take the time to visit Jate Taw, a small traditional fishing village.

12. Srebrna Beach, Vis Island(Croatia)

Plage Srebrna, Croatie

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Also known as the Silver Beach for its white pebbles, Srebrna Beach is located on the island of Vis, off the coast of Split. It’s just a short walk through the pine forest from the nearby parking lot. Very popular with Croatians, the silver beach is considered by them to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

There’s even a small, shady restaurant where you can enjoy fragrant grilled meats and fresh salads. You won’t be able to resist a dip in the crystal-clear waters after a spot of sunbathing!

You’ve finally discovered the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Now it’s time to pack your bags and start lazing around!